Archive | November 2017

Christmas Gift Guide 2017 & Thriving through the Holidays

If you’re gearing up to hit the mall this holiday season, Shop smart!  Make a list, create a budget and control your impulses.  As shopping online increases, it gives shoppers more options.  Not to mention the great online deals.  There’s also Cyber Monday to look forward to.  I love the busyness of the holiday season and being out amongst the other shoppers at specific times which is usually during the week, when crowds are fewer.

I think shoppers are more savvy now and know that some of the best deals will be closer to Christmas day.  Retailers have to get rid of all their Christmas inventory to make way for the new year so late shopping has become smart shopping.  Best of all have fun and make smart purchases rather than frivolous ones.  And for that person that has everything or is impossible to buy for there’s always gift cards!  Happy holiday season!

  • Cologne

  • Gifts for Dad

  • Cosmetics and perfume

  • Parents

 

Gift Basket (I actually like the DIY baskets) so that you can put what you want in it.

 

  • Tech Gifts

  • Hot Deals!

Asus VivoBook (Best Buy 279.00)

 

HP Stream Laptop ( Staples 229.00)

  • Toddlers, Kids and Teens

  • Rocket skates

  • Video games

  • Tech

While we are out and about shopping, spending our hard earned money let’s not forget, who the provisions come from.  God allows us to be prosperous.  The real reason for the season is to celebrate Christ’s birth, and his love for us, and not just during the holidays but all year long.  Answering our prayers, keeping us safe, healing us, sheltering us, giving us direction and blessing us.  Psalm 68:19, “Praise be to the Lord, to God our savior, who daily bears our burdens.”  In my house it’s about celebrating the goodness of God and survival!  When I think of the goodness and all He’s done for me my soul cries out Hallelujah!  Have a blessed Holiday season!

Try as you might it’s nearly impossible to maintain control of your weight during the holidays!  So you opt to just throw out the rule book and co crazy.  I had two dinner plates and three small pieces of pie.  If there’s anytime to abandon your diet it’s now.

Then it’s the after the holiday blues to look forward to when you see how much weight you’ve gained during the holidays.  We want to avoid the blues and enjoy the food guilt free.  Reconcile in your mind that you deserve this.

It’s much easier to have control when health and fitness is a lifestyle.  Because you can enjoy those rich foods knowing that every now and then is okay.  If you’re trying to lose weight this season or simply keep your weight in check it’s absolutely doable it just takes a little extra effort and planning.

Drinking a glass or two of water an hour before a meal will help you to not overeat.

Portion Control.  Don’t over pack your plate.  But if you do and start to feel full, its okay to stop there.  Wrap your plate and reheat it later when you feel hungry again.

Supplement your appetite with healthy low-calorie snacks between meals. For example if your going out for Thanksgiving dinner you don’t want to arrive hungry.  Between breakfast and the time dinner is served if you haven’t had an in between snack chances are you’re going to be very hungry and eat a lot more.

Schedule some time for exercise during the holiday.  It may not be your usual routine in terms of length of time, but be consistent.  It will curb your appetite, decrease, stress, and give you more energy.

 

The Holidays are full of delicious desserts.  Pies and cakes etc… you have to treat yourself.  Treating yourself doesn’t mean a whole pie.  To stay in control choose one dessert and have one or two guilty free slices.

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Thanksgiving Day 2017

From New York City, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to Southern California’s Rose Parade, Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

 

Giving of yourself, volunteering, showing God’s Love!  Shout out to the good folks at all the missions across the country today.  Special thanks to: The Los Angeles Mission, Fred Jordan Mission (Skid row) and The New York City Rescue mission serving meals today.  God Bless you.


Willie Jordan at the Fred Jordan Mission, Los Angeles, CA  This is our favorite place to volunteer.

  • God Bless families at Thanksgiving Today

God’s Love

Family

Shelter

Food

Good health & healthcare

Provision & Work

Ability to work

Education

Ability to reach the world with God’s message of hope & love

To be saved!

What are you thankful for today?  Take some time to reflect on it and Thank God for your blessings!

To all my readers and followers Happy Thanksgiving

 

Author’s Note:

A prayer for the family as we begin this holiday season.  Our culture is largely shaped by Mass Media.  Television, movies, internet, news.  There is an attack on the nuclear family, an attack on Christians, Christianity, and religion in general.

Our children are constantly being fed sex, and debauchery.  Although we cannot shield our children from the media because they can always get access to it through other means.

It just means that parents have to be stronger today than ever before.  Strong and consistent parenting is badly needed. There was something when I was coming up called “home training”.

Which means children learn right from wrong and the ways of the world in the home.  The home was the measurement stick.  There has to be structure in a child’s life.  Some of the training lessons we were taught were how to conduct ourselves, how to speak, to have respect for your elders.

If you are a parent out there that teaches from the home and instills old school values, God bless you we need more of that.  For Men, if you have the time consider mentoring another young man without a dad or strong male figure in his life.

The time you spend now will stay with that young person throughout life.  The consensus seems to be to live lawless reject God’s laws and do whatever feels good.

Media would have you to believe that the structure of the family and God’s order is not important but the devil is a lier! It’s extremely important.  Men and fathers are the backbone of the family.  Women and mothers are the support system and nurturers.

Make it your goal that your children will know God!  Love God, follow his principals for successful living.  Make them understand that their souls are on the line.  These light afflictions are but for a moment, but worketh for us a far more exceeding weight of Glory.

Amplified Bible,  2 Corinthians 4:17,  “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all!”.  Make them know that God is your best friend!  People are so fickle they will turn on you in a minute.

But let them know God never changes “He’s the same today, yesterday, and forever more.”  Hebrews 13: 8. Philippians 3:3  Put no confidence in the flesh.” “I the lord your God change not”,  Malachi 3:6.

Make them understand, “do not be conformed to this world but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind”.  Romans 12:2.  Being saved was the best thing I ever did or can do for myself!  No we can’t change the world but we sure can’t let them change us!  Hold fast to your family in this season, and become stronger!

If you are reading this today, and you are wrapped up in sin,  Return to the Lord!  Psalm 34:14, “Turn from Evil and Do Good, Seek peace and pursue it.”

God Bless You!

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Thanksgiving Planning Guide 2017

Happy Holidays Everyone!  Anyone who’s been following SCW knows it’s my favorite time of year.  The weather, the blessings, entertaining, the love, the cheer, and most of all family and cherished friends.   Entertaining can be so much fun but it’s a lot of work depending on the number of people you serve.   Planning and preparing for big meals decreases the stress and takes the guess-work out of the day.  When you’re armed with a plan things go a lot smoother.
Make a list, create a budget for the number of people you have and how much you want to spend.  Plan the time of day you want to have your dinner.  Let guests know when dinner will be served.  If you are cooking your turkey for instance early thanksgiving morning, remember it takes about five hours to cook which is why some opt to cook it the night before.  You do what works for you.  I’ve prepared several videos for your main dishes as well as dessert.  Refer to the videos as often as you like.  Have fun and enjoy a stress free holiday.

 

 

 

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Coming up in December:

Christmas holiday entertaining and decorating

Christmas gift ideas for everyone on your list

New year’s eve entertaining and safety tips

 

Author’s Note: The blessings of the Lord are upon us.  Thank you for your prayers and well wishes.  I will continue to pray for my beloved readers and followers that God will touch your heart and bring change in your area of need.  Joshua 1:8 “Thou shalt have good success.”  What are you thankful for?  I’m so grateful and thankful for all God has done in my life and especially in the lives of those that have been touched by SCW.  Leave a comment tell us what you’re thankful for and what your looking forward to in the new year.  It’s a busy time for me.  Those of you who’ve been following me for some time now know that I’m working on my second degree!  And I’m almost there, about 80% of the way praise GOD!  I’m preparing for exams.

Thankfully we have the Thanksgiving break coming up.  I’m looking forward to some much deserved rest and time with family.  Continue to pray for me and my family, as I will pray for you that God will give you the desires of your heart and bring you to the place He has for you on your journey.  We all have different hopes and dreams but it is God will that will succeed.  So we’re in it together!  We know that “All things work together for the good of those who love the Lord and are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

 

 

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Weekend Read: Cultivating Good Spending Habits & Nurturing the Nurturer

The Holidays are on the way!  And it’s a great time to take control over unhealthy spending habits!  This is the time of the year when we spend the most money shopping.  Women are big shoppers anyway even without a holiday.  We shop for ourselves, we do the shopping for the household and we shop for our children and families.  It’s a blessing, to be able to shop.  That being said, what causes spending habits to be unhealthy?

Spending habits are unhealthy when it causes you to have stress and anxiety about paying your bills.  For me it kinda takes the fun out of it if I’m worried about finances.  So what can you do?  Remove the stress in your life by not overextending yourself.  This is something you can get control of with time, patience and consistency.  This season let your focus be your family and the blessings of the Lord instead of stressing about the ton of bills that the new year will bring with it.

  1. Maxing out your limit and paying the minimum on credit cards.  It costs you the most interest and lowers your credit score.  You’re almost guaranteeing yourself that you will never be out of debt.  The goal is to build credit by paying bills on time, before time and keeping the balance due down.

  2.  Shopping without a plan.  You go to the mall armed with credit cards or lots of cash, or both,  and no plan.  Just you and your money being tossed to and fro never keeping account and spending like there’s no tomorrow.  Make a list of what you intend to purchase at what store.  You know what you’re going out to buy.  Stick to the plan.

  3. Avoid last-minute purchases that make for impulsive shopping.  If it’s last-minute you don’t have time to think it through or shop for deals.  So you want to avoid impulsive shopping.

  4. There’s always another sale.  Buy now!  Shop before it’s too late.  Lies!  Don’t buy into the lie that you’ll never see a sale like this again.  Especially at holiday time.  There are store marketers who stay up nights putting together the perfect sales to get you into the store.

  • Be Smart.  Make a list monthly of what is coming in and how much has to go out.  After expenses what you have left is what you keep.  Each month will be different because of life’s unexpected incidences … a child may get sick, car repairs, etc…  Your knowledge of your situation is most important because how can you control your spending if you’re not keeping account of what you have.  Also it’s biblical to be good stewards of the resources God gives us.  If you want God to increase you, you have to do well with what you have.  Luke 16:10, Amplified Version: “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.”   My husband is very good at this, he’s a very good money manager.  It’s great because it’s his job as head of the house. “Listen up independent ladies”  It doesn’t matter how much money I make it does not change his “position” as head of the house.  God has placed him in leadership!  I love a man in charge!

 

  • Start Saving!  If you already are great!  Keep it up!  If not get started.  If you’re constantly removing and never putting anything back it will result in a deficit.  You should be saving now right up until retirement.  Checking and savings go hand in hand.  Checking account is for expenses.  Savings account is money you keep.  Start small and build.  If people in the depression can save so
    can we!
  • Make a realistic budget and live within your means.  You can’t just always spend more than you have and hope that things will work out.  Make a promise to yourself that you will no longer set yourself up for disaster.  Create a budget that has breathing room for fun.  Fun doesn’t have to mean something big and expensive.  Whether you have a family or are single there has to be some recreation.  Maybe on the weekends the family likes to go bowling for instance.  Or you’re single and you treat yourself to a movie at the mall and some window shopping.  Write the vision and make it plain, Habakkuk 2:2

 

Mom is an awesome resource!  She’s a resource of love, caring, understanding, and wisdom.  God created her to be a resource to her family.  In the modern world we live in, mom’s role often extends outside the home to career and community.  It’s a lot of different hats to wear and can get very tiresome trying to be all things for everyone.  At the same time it’s extremely fulfilling and rewarding for those that relish being a mom!

One of the drawbacks is that you can be so focused on others that you often neglect yourselves.  The result of that is a mom who is exhausted and resentful.  Can’t have that!  Mom’s need nurturing and caring too.  Moms must treat themselves well as a lifestyle.  There needs to be time that is set aside just for you.  Non guilty, uninterrupted time.  Location or finances is not important.  It can be time to yourself in your own home.  But you need mom downtime to regenerate, otherwise you’ll just be burned out.  We want mom happy, we want mom healthy, beautiful, and radiant!  Let’s learn the art of relaxation for Mom!

If you are able to get away to the spa at least once a month for a complete day that’s awesome, I highly recommend it.  They have various treatments and massages to relax and pamper you.  This is of course aside from your regular pedicures and manicures.  A woman has a lot of maintenance and when a woman takes care of herself it shows.

DIY home spa.  Spa atmosphere is about creating a mood to relax you.  That means peace and quiet and time for yourself for whatever block of time you allow.  If it’s just an hour or two.  It’s not relaxing if the kids are banging on the door.  So this time alone thing will take some planning but be well worth it. You can give yourself a pedicure at home with the foot spa.  They are only about $20 or $30.  I think it’s great to have a foot spa at home anyway to take care of your own feet between salon visits.

Get a facial.  Facials are great, they clean and replenish the skin removing dead cells and revealing a fresher layer of skin.

Catch up on your sleep. Sleep deprivation causes premature aging.

A mom at peace and relaxed is a better mom.

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A New Life In Christ

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Coming up in November:

*  Cultivating smart spending habits for the holidays

*  Thanksgiving planning

 

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